So if Keith Richards was coming for Christmas dinner at your place, what would you put under the tree for him?
I asked the question earlier in the week, and let me tell you, I was pretty nervous about the responses I would get.
Readers had quite an incentive. Up for grabs was a single, precious edition of Life, signed by the agent of the devil himself, Mr Keith Richards.
Here are some suggestions for Keith’s Australian Christmas. Apologies to those who I haven’t included in full or couldn’t include – you know you are.
If Keith Richards dropped by for Christmas dinner, I would make sure that under the tree was a bottle (or two) of the finest vodka, a Fender Telecaster and last but not least, a blonde (or two).
From Paul Sablinskis, Wantirna, Victoria
If Keith Richards was coming to Christmas Lunch at my place I would put under the tree for him a Chess set with Rock player figures on one side and Jazz player figures on the other.
From Lisa Ashdown, Woorinen, Victoria
I would put under my Christmas tree for Keith Richards a wonderful recipe book for sufferers of arthritis and some homemade mince tarts.
From Vince Davies , Cleveland, Queensland
A self destruct land mine.
From Shell Tobin, Gerringong, NSW
Keith would have to be on his best behaviour if he was to come to my place for Christmas lunch. .. Well, what do you get for the man who has everything? For Keith I would find the most beautiful Irish Waterford Crystal whiskey tumbler…. and there is nothing that makes a person feel special like drinking out of a gorgeous glass, whatever you may like to put in it.
From Dianne Grendon, Pear Trees Farm, Lorne, NSW
If Keith Richards was coming for Christmas I would put a beautiful large photographic book of Australia under the tree for him so he too can see what a great country we live in.
Wishing you and all the staff at Booktopia a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous 2011 and thank you for doing such a great job!
(Thanks to you Dianne: TW)
From Julie Keys, Gerringong, NSW
A container of his closest relative’s ashes.
From E Gamble, Hawthorne East, Melbourne
Keith Richards’ gift under the tree wouldn’t be big, but it would be all I could give and all I’d hope he’d like to receive. The gift would be the lunch itself – the time spent enjoying life: talking, laughing, singing and being – with good folks around to share it. And under the tree it would be a simple note: “The door’s always open, man.”
From Lee Thomas, Success, WA
I would have to place under the tree for Keith Richards a copy of the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book.
From Alana Cranney, Sydney, NSW
A Booktopia gift voucher of course!
Thanks to Alana also for pointing us to the article – It’s only books ‘n’ shelves but I like it – which explains that Keith in fact is a frustrated librarian.
It seems that just about everyone who has read Life, has loved it, with the possible exception of Mick Jagger who finds it “tedious in the extreme”. It is a shame he didn’t answer our Christmas question.
In the meantime, stand by Shell Tobin. You are one lucky woman – a signed copy coming your way.